Homeowners who built loft conversion under 'permitted development' told their home has had its rights removed

A large loft conversion for a white bungalow as can be seen from a neighbour's garden
Neighbour's demanded a loft conversion be investigated after it "nearly doubled" the size of this homeowner's house (Image credit: SWNS)

A couple who converted their loft under permitted development rights has been told the development is in breach of planning laws as their home had its permitted development rights removed nearly a decade ago.

Harriet and Aaron Baines in Hilperton, Wiltshire, must now apply for retrospective planning permission for the loft conversion to their bungalow and hope it is granted or face having to undo the work.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.